Proactive Talent is a tribe of freelance Talent Acqusition practitioners.

Our freelance consulting team, with a combined 100+ years of experience are comprised of  talent acquisition leaders and employment marketers turned entrepreneurs with a shared vision of helping companies evolve the way they recruit. Meet a few members of our team as well as our growing network of freelance professionals below:

Will Staney
Founder & CEO

He is the former Head of Global Talent Acquisition at rapidly-growing startups Twilio and Glassdoor. Prior to that, he held recruiting leadership roles at enterprise software leaders VMware, SuccessFactors and SAP.



Torey Palmer
Director of Sales & Accounts

Torey leads business development and account management at Proactive Talent and comes from a demonstrated history of working in professional consulting and services companies across multiple industries. 

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Jess Baker
Operations Manager

Jess is the Operations Manager and Executive Assistant to the CEO at Proactive Talent. She is the founder of her own virtual executive assistant service and has over 4 years in business operations experience in wide range of industries.

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James Ellis
Lead Consultant, Employer Branding

James is the former Global Head of Employment Brand at Groupon. He has spent his time helping Fortune 1000 companies develop recruitment marketing strategies to find and attract the best talent. 


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Ryan Affolter
Manager, Media Strategy & Solutions

Ryan Affolter has over 15+ years of experience in media buying, media planning, campaign management and optimization working for the world’s most iconic brands and leading digital agencies including: McCann/Erickson, Best Buy Corporation, TMP Worldwide and SAP SuccessFactors.


Elena Moeller
Sales & Development Intern

Elena is a current international business major at St. Edward's University, and is always striving to learn about different markets and cultures, especially from a business point of view. Currently, she is a co-director at her school's outdoor adventure program.

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Courtney Lane
Lead Consultant,  Recruiting Optimization

Courtney is a Talent Consultant bringing over 10 years of experience in HR, Talent Acquisition, and Organizational Development, with a special focus in healthcare and hospitality sectors. She holds a Masters in Industrial & Organizational Psychology from Chicago School of Professional Psychology.       

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Beth Carter
Employer Branding Strategist

Beth works on client projects as well as runs content marketing for Proactive Talent. Leveraging a background in marketing and recruiting, Beth has spent years working for industry-leading companies like Nike, Skanska, and LAIKA.                                                                                                                            

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Megan Arnold
Talent Consultant

Megan is a Talent Consultant for our On-Demand Recruiting & Recruiting Optimization services. She has prior experience recruiting for technical positions at Google, as well as recruiting corporate and technical talent for a startup through acquisition, Main Street Hub - A GoDaddy Company.